Mise En Abyme: Archive
An open access archive for research and public education that investigates the political, cultural, economic and conceptual implications and frameworks within the archiving process.
The Archive may not only to be
understood as thesaurus, place, Wunderkammer, but is formed by its process.
With each “touch” a new space opens, effecting a Mise-en Abyme of spaces that
unfold inside other spaces; an inside exteriority.
photographic research project "Mise En Abyme: Archive" is an
investigation of political, cultural, economic and conceptual implications and
frameworks within the archiving process, as well as an analysis of the
characters and periods, architectures, styles, locations, and genres of the
different cultural repositories engaged with acquiring and preserving the
legacy we have inherited from photography and pictorial processes.
As cultural life is expressed in distributed archives, indexed by search
engines, and aggregated for personal information portals, areas of practice,
prior considered insignificant swamp of cultural production and exchange, have
become irrepressibly significant and productive.
Curtailed by diminished independence,
fewer fellows, and increasing costs, many archives, as we know them may
disappear. In many cases content- and context-related inter-dependencies are no
longer intact: the preservation of original documents and conception behind the
archive can no longer be guaranteed; yet the fragmentation and convergence into
other archives, in combination with technical innovations, continuously
generate new and unexpected information.
My work evolves around different
practices of photo-archiving with regards to accession, curation and
preservation, and extends to the historical and political development of
photo-archiving, integrated inter-textual media mixes and new structures of
participation in cultural life.
While testing out creative approaches
to research projects within an arts context, specifically to cross-disciplinary
collaborations, I am opening the following dossiers:
- Anarchive: Projections of the
In-Visible (Photography and the Nuclear Bomb, X-Rays and Cinema);
- The Souvenir & The
- Memory & Forgetting (Vilém
Flusser Archive, Walter Benjamin Archive, Bertolt Brecht Archive, the
Jewish Museum Berlin, the Joseph Beuys Archive, and The Institute for
- Domestic Archives;
- Evidence & Accidents;
- Photo Sharing (Online
- Hand-Held Archives;
- Images That Are Not Art.
The project emphasizes a genealogy of
media and media theory and critically explores relationships between
photography, technology and emerging possibilities for media culture.
installation of found images in juxtaposition with my photographs, film stills
and text will form picture epics and episodes of photo archives and the process
of photo-archiving that may serve as an open access archive for research and
A limited edition catalog/book with selected images and short essays will go hand in hand with the exhibition.